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N. Korea erects statues of late leaders around 10 places this year

All Headlines 09:42 August 04, 2017

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has been seen focusing on setting up statues of founder Kim Il-sung and his late son Kim Jong-il across the country as part of efforts to bolster the personality cult of the Kim family, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.

Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, told the Washington-based news outlet that the number of such statues being erected in major cities, universities, museums, historical sites and army units is increasing at a fast clip, around 10 locations so far.

One of top priorities for the Kim Jong-un regime proved to be the construction of statues and monuments for Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, said Melvin, who analyzes satellite imagery for clues to North Korean affairs.

According to him, the two Kims' statues have been installed at lower military units as well as the commands of the North's air force and navy.

Such statues at military units are viewed as part of the personality cult the North is trying to build around the Kim family, he said, adding the North is expected to continue to set up the two leaders' statues at major institutions and military units down the road.

North Korean women participating in the sixth congress of the North's Democratic Women's Union of Korea offer flowers at the bronze statues of founder Kim Il-sung and his late son Kim Jong-il on Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Nov. 14, 2016. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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